Source: Deseret News, The Radioactive Killer, by Sara Israelsen-Hartley, Jan, 29, 2020 SALT LAKE CITY…
If you are about to begin the journey of building a new home, it is the perfect time to learn about radon in new construction homes. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It becomes an issue when it enters your home and you breathe it in. Before you begin construction you may have a few questions. Like can you test the soil around the new home to find out if radon will be an issue? Or should take preventative measures during construction to prevent radon from entering your home? Read on, and lets find out.
Preventative Measures For Radon In New Construction
First, what is radon gas? Radon gas is the radioactive gas produced from uranium and radium decaying in soil and rock. When it disperses into the air outside, there is no problem. However, when it accumulates in your home, it becomes a health risk. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Your next question may be, can I check the soil before beginning construction. Unfortunately, no. There is no reliable way to test the soil before beginning construction. Soil testing has been tried and has come back with unreliable results.
The real question is this. Is there a way to prevent radon from entering your home. And the answer is… yes. in order to do this, it is recommended to install a passive radon system during construction. This does need to be coordinated with your contractor, so lets find out what this entails.
Installing A Passive System For Radon In New Construction
The first step to protecting your home from radon, is to put down a specialized air channel BEFORE the foundation is poured. This will help keep soil gases from ever entering the house. The second step would be sealing and caulking all cracks and openings once the foundation has been poured.
The third step would be installing a passive radon system. This is done during construction using PVC pipes and running them vertically from beneath the foundation and up through the roof to vent radon and other soil gases outside of the house. These pipes can be hidden in walls just like your plumbing lines.
Fourth step is to test for radon gas! Once your home is completed and closed house conditions (doors and windows can be closed) can be maintained a simple two day test can be run to check for radon. Often times a passive system is enough to prevent radon from entering the home. However, if high radon levels are still found after completion, a fan can quickly be installed to the passive system, turning it into an active system that will continuously remove the radon from your home.
So what are the benefits of installing a passive system during construction?
Benefits of Installing A Passive System During Construction VS. An Active System After Construction
- A passive system can help prevent radon from ever entering the home.
- Installing a passive system during construction, means pipes and hardware can be planned and hidden easier than after construction is complete.
- If high radon levels are found, a passive system can quickly be turned into an active system with the installation of a fan.
- Installing a passive system is more cost effective during construciton than installing an active system after.
So if you about to start construction on a new home, NOW is the time to think about protection from radon gas. Call us today at 801-871-0715 to speak to a radon specialists and learn abour radon in new construction.